Chan Lee and Albert Yong presented their in-depth investment thesis on Korean Reinsurance (Korea: 003690) at Asian Investing Summit 2016.
Korean Reinsurance: Korea’s only reinsurer with dominance in the domestic market (M/S of 63%) that has grown to become the world’s 11th largest player. Strong financials, with RBC ratio well above 200% and combined ratio managed below 100%. Geographical diversification away from Korea over the years has improved the risk and return profile. Poised to benefit from the rapid growth of the Asian reinsurance market in the coming years. Significantly undervalued at 0.8 times book value, considering the Company’s dominant market position and growth potential. The shares recently traded at a 35% discount to Chan and Albert’s fair value estimate.
About the instructors:
Chan H. Lee is the co-founder and a Managing Partner of Petra Capital Management. Since inception in fall 2009, its Petra Korean Value Equity Strategy has returned 23.7% annualized, net of all fees to investors. Chan is constantly on the lookout for mispricing opportunities and special situations where investors can profit handsomely from a subsequent change of valuation. Chan believes that Korea offers numerous investment opportunities for activist investors. Prior to co-founding Petra, he worked as an investment banker and corporate attorney for more than 10 years in Korea. Chan’s career has focused on the analysis and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and debt and equity financings across a broad range of industries. Chan received his JD from the UCLA School of Law and his BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.
Albert H. Yong is a Managing Partner and the CIO of Petra Capital Management, an investment advisory and portfolio management firm based in Seoul, Korea which focuses on undervalued Korean public companies whose market prices are significantly discounted to intrinsic value. Albert believes that the Korean stock market offers exceptional value investing opportunities because many Korean companies are still cheaply valued compared to their earning power and balance sheet. Albert utilizes a disciplined and patient deep value investing approach to seek superior risk-adjusted returns with limited volatility and bases his investment decisions on detailed, research-based analysis and thorough due diligence. Prior to co-founding Petra, Albert was a Managing Director and the CIO of Pinnacle Investments and a Vice President of Pan Asia Capital where he was in charge of managing the Korean equity portfolio. Albert received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University.
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